Absolutely Beautiful and Rare Organic Farm For Sale

95 Acre Beautiful Organic Farm with Mature Forest For Sale

32 years of organic farmland and white pine forest, close to Ottawa.

Shovel-ready! Get ready to farm for your 2020 season! A rare find, top-notch organic 95.3-acre property with a 5-bedroom, 1344 square ft bungalow house, 1 1/2 baths, wood stove and new furnace, 2-car garage, gorgeous 40-ft hardwood beam century barn with hydro and water, two barns in one measures 2900 square ft.; 65 acres well-maintained farmland with Grenville loam soil, 14 tree-lined fields, 22 acres of 30-year-old mature white pine plantation. Possibility to include a 12-head tame cattle herd trained to the land as part of the sale – they are the best-trained cattle you can find! Farming equipments purchase can be considered.

On the edge of and only 25 minutes to Ottawa, in Crysler, Ontario.

For 32 years, the Kelly Farm has been managing the land organically, with diverse livestock, including cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens, turkeys, etc. The seeds and feed were purchased from Homestead Organics, and the 65-acre fields were maintained and rotated exceptionally well and used for pasture and hay. Beautiful Grenville loam soil all over rich in organic matters, these fields are ready for diversified farming of all kinds. There are many possibilities of organic farming and permaculture – vegetables, perennials, chickens, poultry, seed production, orchard… The farm is confirmed pesticide and herbicide free since 1987, and probably before that! All the records are well-kept, and the farm could be certified organic shortly.

One highlight is the 22-acre of 30-year-old white pine forest, both tranquil and full of potentials! There are also many productive fruit trees – wild apples, butternuts, berries, and more! A rare find in this area, the land and forest as a healthy ecosystem provides numerous possible uses, as apiary, food forest, silvopasture, agroforestry, retreat, for mushrooms, woodland plants, and more!

Testimony from the farmer:

“I have farmed the land at N1/2 Lot 5 Con 10 N Stormont for 32 yrs using approved organic methods. To fertilizer the fields, I used the manure from my animals, beef cows, sheep, pigs, layer hens, and meat chickens. My animals had free access to shelter and the outdoors. My fields are tree-lined. I bought seed for crops and hay from Homestead Organic Mill, Berwick Ont. I bought feed for my animals and chickens from this same mill. After Homestead Organic Mill closed, I bought certified organic grain from the feed store in Finch and Metcalfe.” Larry Kelly

Ideally, the current owners are looking for a buyer who fully appreciates the rarity and value of this chemical-free land and the value of the forests. The owners wish to sell to another farm family who is interested in keeping the farm in organic production. The owners are very willing to train and pass on their knowledge, including keeping the cattles so their herd can stay on the land.


14390 Concession Rd 10 & 11, Chrysler, ON K0A 1R0

The farm is 5 minutes to Crysler, an active bilingual community, with elementary schools, public library, community centre, and churches. It is 15 minutes to Embrun and Casselman, larger towns with grocery stores, department stores, gyms, and highschools. 25 minutes will bring you into Ottawa. Close to Highway 417, which connects Ottawa and Montreal, which makes the farm location ideal for agrotourism. The farm is 5 minutes away to Cannamore Orchard, and 10 minutes away to St. Albert Cheese Co-op, two of the most popular agrotourism destinations in the area.

The property has:

  • Primary residence: 1344 square ft 1975 bungalow, measures 28’x48′, with three bedrooms on the main floor and two bedrooms in the basement. Basement unfinished with 2 finished bedrooms. 1 1/2 baths. All appliances included. Woodstove on the main floor, and backup new propane furnace (January 2019). Two drilled wells with very good water – never dry.
  • Garage: two car 728 square ft detached garage. 
  • Barn: the barn is an older framed one, with 40-ft hardwood beams, used for hay storage and shelter for the animals. It is 2 barns in one, measures 50’x30′ and 36’x39′. Has hydro and water.
  • 14 fields, totaling 65 acres, are tree-lined, rich with well-maintained Granville loam and organic matter, ready for diversified farming of all kinds;
  • 22-acre 30 year-old pine plantation and walkable forest;
  • 12 head cattle herd is an option as part of sale (6 shorthorn adults, + 6 yearlings + 1 calf all with some Shorthorn and/or Speckled Park)
  • Some equipment may also be an option to be part of sale.

Business and income possibilities

  • Organic commercial market garden
  • Organic cattle, sheep, chickens, other poultry, pigs, and other livestock.
  • Food forest products – apples, berries, mushroom, herb.
  • Forest school.
  • Forest retreat. Healing garden.

Price: $799,999*

*+ HST with the following note:

Selling Farmland to a Person Who Is Not Registered for the HST 

If the purchaser of the farmland is not registered for the HST, the seller is required to collect the HST generated by the sale and remit it to the Canada Revenue Agency. If farmland will be used in a farming business, the purchaser can register for the HST and claim an input tax credit in order to recover the HST paid on the purchase of the farmland. Normally, Canada Revenue Agency will backdate a registration for up to 30 days. http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/busdev/facts/11-053.htm

If you have been thinking of buying a farm for organic production, contact us (info@justfood.ca) as this is indeed a rare find. JustFood.ca can support farms in the regions if you need information and/or support to start-up farmers.

Oct 5 | Volunteer for Garden Border Replacement Project

Volunteers Needed: Michele Heights Community Garden Border Replacement Project 

Michele Heights Community Garden, located in Michele Park in the west end of Ottawa (closest address is 2955 Michele Drive), adjacent to Michele Heights Community Housing is planning to replace the borders around the plots at our community gardens. The existing border are at end of life and need to be replaced – this is a big project, since there are 30 plots! Join us on Saturday, October 5, from 9AM – 5PM to assist!

  • Sunday, Oct 6 will be the rain date, but will plan to work, unless the weather is very wet. 
  • Volunteers are asked to bring a pair of work gloves, and battery powered electric drills, with a bit for standard deck screws would also be very helpful!
  • Eastern white cedar is being purchased from a mill in the Ottawa Valley that is already cut to the required lengths.  
  • Snacks will be provided throughout the day, but please bring a lunch and water to drink.  

 Anyone interested in helping out should reply to Sinjin Dixon-Warren (sinjin.dw@gmail.com), who is coordinating the project. Further details about the project can be provided. Thank you.  

Sept 26 | How to Start a Community Garden

Join us on Sept 26 and learn about the steps involved in starting a community garden. How to search for land, what is essential when starting a community garden, the supports that are available, tips for organizing the garden, and much more!

The attendance of at least one garden coordinator at a How to Start a Community Garden workshop is a requirement in order to receive funding through the Community Garden Development Fund.  The coordinator must have attended a workshop in one of the past 3 years.

Registration is required as space is limited.
When: Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
Where: Just Food Farm in the Big Red Barn | 2391 Pépin Court
RSVP: Email communitygardening@justfood.ca

on RSVP please identify the general area where you plan to set up a community garden, and summarize your work to date, if applicable.

Just Food Fall Events

Just Food News and Events

  1. Sept 21 & 22 | Volunteer at the Carlington Community Garden Expansion
  2. Sept 15 | A Potluck and Discussion on Food and its Role in Climate Restoration
  3. Sept 26 | A Workshop on How to Start a Community Garden
  4. Sept 28 | Community Seed Cleaning with the Ottawa Seed Library
  5. Oct 10 | Canada’s Food Guide – what does this mean for agriculture? What does it mean for eaters?
  6. Oct 19 | CommuniTree Conference

Just Food News and Events

1. Sept 21 & 22 | Volunteer at the Carlington Community Garden Expansion

Join a volunteer run community garden this weekend to help finish their expansion!

SIGN UP TODAY: www.surveymonkey.com/r/9W2BD22

When: This Saturday Sept 21 and Sunday Sept 22
Where: Woodward Avenue and McBride street (closest address is 1548 Woodward Ave).

The garden is available by public transportation (along bus routes 14 and 81), and there is plenty of parking available for those driving.

There will be a wide variety of tasks available for people of all ages, mobilities, and abilities!

Lunch, snack, water, and drinks will be provided for all volunteers.

By helping with the garden build, you can:

Learn how to construct raised bed gardens;
Learn how to plan and carry out your own garden expansion;
Help contribute to food security and improve community health in our city!

2. Sept 15 | A Potluck and Discussion on the Food and its Role in Climate Restoration

Join Just Food and Regeneration Canada on Sept 15 for a potluck and information session, focusing on what is possible and/or already happening in ecosystem and climate restoration through soil care, regenerative farming and positive changes in the food system. A combination of taking an afternoon to celebrate what has been accomplished and to engage attendees in what is possible and how to participate in and support further actions and changes. Local and national agricultural and environmental groups will be participating to share information and updates on projects with attendees and this event is open to the public.

When: Sunday, September 15th, from 11:00 to 2:00
Where: 2391 Pepin Court at the Just Food Farm in the Red Barn

Attendees are invited to visit the on-site farm, it opens at 10:00, product can be stored in a cooler for the duration of the event
Tour of the Just Food Farm available after lunch.
Please bring your own dishes cutlery, cups, no disposable dishes please***
Bring something to share in the potluck or simply join us as a welcomed guest
Parking is available on site and the farm is served by the #94 bus route
The building is accessible, with a wheelchair lift to the second floor event space


3. Sept 26 | A Workshop on How to Start a Community Garden

Get ready for the next growing season at the “How to Start a Community Garden” workshop! Learn next steps including; how to search for land, what is essential when starting a community garden, the supports that are available, tips for organizing the garden, and much more!

The attendance of at least one garden coordinator at a How to Start a Community Garden workshop is a requirement in order to receive funding through the Community Garden Development Fund. The coordinator must have attended a workshop in the past 3 years.

Registration is required as space is limited.

When: Thursday, Sept 26 from 6:00 – 8:00
Where: 2391 Pepin Court, at the Just Food Farm in the Red Barn
RSVP: communitygardening@justfood.ca
(please identify the general area where you plan to set up a community garden, and summarize your work to date, if applicable).

4. Sept 28 | Community Seed Cleaning Workshop with the Ottawa Seed Library

This workshop will provide a short demo on how to clean common seeds grown in the Ottawa area. Folks are able to bring their own seed harvests and clean them on their own with support from on-site assistance! Even if you don’t have your own seed to clean, everyone is welcome to attend and learn some of the basic principles.

When: Saturday, Sept 28 from 3:00 – 6:00
Where: 2391 Pepin Court at the Just Food Farm in the Red Barn

RSVP: seeds@justfood.ca

5. Oct 10 | Canada’s Food Guide – what does this mean for agriculture? What does it mean for eaters?

Canada’s Food Guide is one vision of a sustainable diet. It is intended to promote health and wellness through dietary change—leaving unanswered questions of access and food production. How will the new Food Guide shape our food systems, or change where we get our food? And what does this mean for agriculture across our region?

For producers, community organizations, government, eaters. Join us in-person to hear a province-wide panel with conversation, discussion and next-steps following.

Panel includes;

Ron Bonnett (former president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture)
Dr. June Matthews (Registered Dietitian, Professional Home Economist, Associate Professor, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences Brescia University College)
Moe Garahan (Executive Director, Just Food)

When: Thursday, October 10 from 9:30-12:30
Where: 2391 Pepin Court at the Just Food Farm in the Red Barn

A Bring Food Home 2019 Regional Event
Brought to you by Sustain Ontario in partnership with Just Food and the Algoma Rural Agri-Innovation Network sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

Space is limited, please register for the event here: www.eventbrite.ca/e/bring-food-home-ottawa-2019-tickets-71652240781

6. Oct 19 | CommuniTree Conference

In partnership with Just Food, the Blackburn Hamlet Community Association’s Environment Committee and Tree Team is organizing its first “CommuniTree Conference” on Saturday, October 19th at the Just Food Farm (2391 Pepin Court) in Blackburn Hamlet.

The conference will take place from approximately 9am to 12:30pm and will include:

  • various panels
  • networking break and a tour of a Community Food Forest.

    The conference is an opportunity for community members to;
  • share tree-related stories data and projects
  • – provide attendees with new ideas, information and resources carry-out tree-related initiatives in their communities.
  • If you are interested in promoting stewardship of our urban forest, sharing ideas, meeting community leaders and being part of innovative ways to help our environment, this Conference should not be missed.

The Conference is free to attend, however registration will be required as space is limited.

The registration link will be available by September 9th, on the Blackburn Hamlet Community Association’s website blackburnhamlet.ca.
Any media or other inquiries should be made to treeteam@blackburnhamlet.ca.

Just Food Farm Days – Sunday, Aug 11, 18 & 25

Join us on Sunday August 11, 18 & 15 for fun farm days!

– Farmers Market (10-2) *Buy delicious locally grown produce!

– Yoga at the Barn (945 – 11) *FREE!

– Take a tour of the farm
August 11 – Tours in partnership with COG
August 18 & 25 – self guided tours
*Check-out what’s being produced on the farm from bees, to seeds, vegetables, food forests and more!

Complete all the activities on the farm with the family!
*scavenger hunt
*local food tastes
*harvesting/seed saving
*check out the chickens!
*& test your knowledge of agriculture and climate change!

Have a question? Email info@justfood.ca or check out our facebook event!

Official Plan – cut and paste suggestions

Due Sunday June 30 2019

Suggested responses are below that can be cut and pasted for the Official Plan consultation (or adapt/add your own message).

Link to Consultation:


Suggested Input for Each Question on Link above: 

How important are the following elements to you in your neighbourhood?
Xs mark suggested items to identify as important
Housing is available to people at different stages of life and physical ability. X
Housing is affordable for a wide range of people. X
People can walk and bike in safety X
People can walk or bike or use transit to get to most daily services (such as grocery stores, schools or daycare)
People can use their cars to get to most daily services (such as grocery stores, schools or daycare)
Presence of a vibrant commercial area
Ability to walk or bike to greenspace and parks X
Good public transit options for commuting that are close to my home X
Ability to commute using my car
Healthy food is available X
Mature trees on public streets
My neighbourhood has a distinct character
Strong social connections to others in my neighbourhood X

Are there any elements that are important to you that are not listed above?

At a neighbourhood level, elements that are priorities to me, in addition to the above clear priorities on housing and transportation for everyone, include: 

  • urban, suburban and rural neighbourhoods/villages maintaining services that reduce the need to commute or travel for basic, daily household needs 
  • accessible social spaces that are maintained for me to meet with my neighbours to engage in community leadership, planning and activity 
  • places near to my home for me to grow my own food (including on municipal lands) and to access locally-grown whole food 
  • bioregional plants and biodiversity as priorities for all lands under municipal care, not just mature trees, with an emphasis on building an edible landscape throughout the city.
  In your opinion, what are the key issues facing the city? Xs mark suggested items to identify as important
  Affordable housing. X
Making transit accessible, affordable, convenient and comfortable. X
Road Congestion
The impacts of climate change X
Managing intensification (increasing the number of people that live in established neighbourhoods). X
Protecting the natural environment. X
Limiting the expansion of the city. X
Protecting Ottawa’s heritage
Protecting the character of Ottawa’s communities
Creating an inclusive city. X
Making Ottawa more exciting through arts and culture
Protection of agricultural lands. X
Rural economic development. X

Is there an important issue that is not listed above?

Not jobs – but rather purposeful work:  Focus on training, supports and models that invest in the community, including social enterprise, apprenticeship and incubation models, for people with barriers to employment, including youth and New Canadians, towards longer-term employment or entrepreneurship within a regional orientation to economic development.

The intersectionality of these issues must be at the core of the new Official Plan.  Without limiting the suburban expansion in Ottawa through intensification, farmland and natural spaces will be developed, which impacts rural economic development, food security, sustainable environment, and quality of life for all, etc.  Without creating a more inclusive Ottawa, access to employment, housing and transportation is not attainable by significant numbers of our neighbours.     

What would make the city better for you?

Shifting the overall policy lens to sound investment in preventive, proactive approaches, and away from the current ever-increasing investment into expensive band-aid responses.  With proper preventive investment in our social and community infrastructure and natural environment, we can avoid the inevitable social and personal fallout that comes from placing a priority on funding reactive cures.

A significant increase in affordable housing, with a priority along current and future transit routes, in both urban and rural neighbourhoods/villages, with attendant mid-sized, managed intensification that ensures no more farmland or natural spaces within the City of Ottawa boundaries are developed for housing or industry.  Housing, food security and urban/rural economic development have to be planned and supported together so that one does not undermine the other.  Having reached a million residents and growing, Ottawa has the critical mass to support a much more vibrant local economy that will reinforce the region’s quality of life and economic resiliency.

Do you have an idea for a dream project that would set Ottawa apart from other cities?

We have incredible, innovative talent in Ottawa, across residents, communities, businesses, organizations and government.  We can choose to use our municipal resources in Ottawa to ensure that EVERY resident:

– has good housing, good food, good work

– moves effectively throughout the urban, suburban and rural parts of the city and beyond 

– is included in a diverse, local economy based in the arts, food and farming, service industry, health, technology, energy, manufacturing and processing, etc. and that respects, operates within the limits of, and enhances the local environment.

– can access effective, affordable required health, social and community support from birth to death

– lives feeling part of safe, inclusive neighbourhoods/villages. 

Investment into this clear and shared mission must be set as the number one priority by Council as a whole, with permanent and significant increases in the City’s budget for social and community infrastructure to carry this out.    

Question on which papers you are addressing:

Don’t worry about checking any boxes.

What are the key takeaways that stand out to you in this paper?

A broader group of community, social, environment and economic stakeholders across Ottawa are continuing to develop the principles listed above and will provide further, detailed consensus re. strategic priorities this summer to feed into the presentation August 22nd at Planning.  

How do you think the City should address these issues?

The City needs to give more time for community stakeholders to influence details of what is being proposed as Strategic Directions than over the summer.  Ottawa agencies, businesses and residents do want to participate in, and need to be part of, setting the agenda.

We need the City to allow for sufficient time allowances and opportunities for community leadership to build out these solutions and present directly to policy decision-makers at City Hall.

We need more information sent out to community agencies, networks and residents on a regular basis about opportunities for input.

Any other thoughts on this topic?

Investment in community and social infrastructure must increase significantly.  

We can and must do better in Ottawa than continued focus of investment primarily into export-based economic development and physical infrastructure.

Thank you for the opportunity to engage.

June Newsletter – Food and Farming events in the region!

Food News and Events in the Ottawa Region  

Just Food News and Events 

1. Sundays Starting June 2 | Yoga at the Farm

2. June 8 | Water Circle, Ceremony & Potluck – Fundraiser for Water Walk

3. Rain Barrel Fundraiser

4. Sundays Starting July 7 | Just Food Farmers Market 

Other Community News and Events

5. June 1 | The Great Canadian Pumpkin Seed Planting Seed 

6. Plant Swap Events Near You 

7. Farmers’ Markets in the Region 

8. June 15 – August 31 | Garden Promenade Tours 

9. June 15 – 23 | Garden Days

10. June 15 | Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk

11. Show Solidarity for Women Farmers

12. Have Gardening Questions?

Just Food News and Events 

1. Sundays Starting June 2 | Yoga at the Farm  

Join Bee at the Just Food Farm for a traditional yoga class for all levels of skill and ages! The class will include physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation.

WHEN: Sundays 9:45 – 11 am, starting June 2
WHERE: Red Barn at Just Food, 2391 Pepin Court, Ottawa
It’s free, or by donation with all proceeds going to the Just Food Farm.

ABOUT THE TEACHER: Bee has been a yoga practitioner for 8 years and teaching for 5 years. She is a farmer and educator at Cadence Ecological Farm at the Just Food Farm, and is deeply interested in the role of holistic health while developing sustainable communities.

2. June 8 | Water Circle, Ceremony & Potluck – Fundraiser for Water Walk

Experience an Aboriginal Water Ceremony with four speakers talking about Anishnaabe teachings about water and food, Indigenous communities’ actions to protect watersheds from methylmercury poisoning, and the connections between water, food, and climate change. This will be followed by a sharing circle and potluck. 

This fundraiser supports the Mother Earth Water Walk 2019. Click here for more details.

WHEN: June 8, 2 – 7 pm
WHERE: Big Red Barn at Just Food, 2391 Pepin Court, Gloucester

  • Jar with water from home or special place
  • Food to share at potluck
  • Reusable plate, cutlery, and cup


3. Rain Barrel Fundraiser

Support Just Food by purchasing your rain barrel from us this year for your food growing needs.

We are still selling terracotta rain barrels for $55. We are confident that this is the best price on the market right now. For more details, click here and if interested, email Himani at info@justfood.ca to arrange pickup. 

Support Just Food, conserve water and save money. Contact us today.

4. Sundays Starting July 7 | Just Food Farmers Market 

Join us starting July 7 from 10 am – 2 pm as we begin to enjoy the first produce of the season! Every Sunday, the farmers of Just Food will have fresh produce, condiments, sweet and savory treats, and much more! The Farm Stand is located at 2391 Pepin Court. Enjoy the first summer bounty of fresh, organic food from local farmers with us! For more information, click here

Other Community News and Events

5. June 1 | The Great Canadian Pumpkin Seed Planting Seed 

Want a pumpkin for Halloween? Mike’s Garden Harvest is offering a free event for people to come plant a pumpkin seed and later harvest it in the fall. Mike will take care of the plants during the summer. Join other volunteers on June 1st at 9:30 am at 436 River Road, alongside the folks from Live 88.5 Radio and Empties for Paws!

6. Plant Swap Events Near You 

Check out some of these plant swap events soon to get some new plants while exchanging some of your own!

Plant &
Seed Swap +
Tree Give
June 1,
10 am – 1 pm
Velo Vanier, 270 Marier Ave. For more details, click here.
2019 Free
Plant Event 
June 8,
10 am – 2 pm
Jack Purcell Community Centre, 320 Jack Purcell LaneMark yourself as
GOING here for organizers
to know.
2019 Plant Swap EventJune 9,
10 am – 2 pm
Lansdowne Park Farmers MarketMark yourself as
GOING here for
organizers to

7. Farmers’ Markets in the Region 

Look down the list for the closest farmers’ market opening near you to buy and support local farmers! For more ways to buy local, click here.

Farmers’ Market Location Timings
43 Ste. Cecile St, within Optimiste Park Every Saturday 9 am – 2 pm, June 1 – October 26
1644 Bank St, near Heron Every Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm, year-round 
Byward Market Square, between York and George Streets, downtown Ottawa Every day, typically 9 am – 5 pm, already open
Aberdeen Square, Lansdowne Park, 1000 Exhibition Way Every Sunday, 9 am – 3 pm, May 5 – October 27
Byron Linear Park between
Richmond Road, Golden, Byron, and Broadview Avenues
Every Saturday, 9:30 am – 3 pm, May 18 – November 2
Ray Friel Recreation Complex, 1585 Tenth Line Rd, OrléansEvery Thursday, 12 pm – 6 pm, May 23 – October 10
Nepean Woods Park & Ride, at Strandherd and Crestway DriveEvery Sunday, 10 am – 2 pm, June 2 – October 13
R.J. Kennedy Community Centre, 1115 Dunning Rd, CumberlandEvery Saturday, 8 am – 1 pm, starting June 15
2397 Roger Stevens Dr, North GowerEvery Saturday, 8:30 am – 1 pm, May 22 – October 5
2821 8th Line Rd, MetcalfeEvery Saturday, 9 am – 1 pm, May 11 – October 26
745 Kanata Ave, KanataEvery Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm, May 25 – November 3
Carp Fairgrounds, 3790 Carp Rd, CarpEvery Saturday 9 am – 1 pm, May – October
Memorial Park, corner of Broad and Main Street, AlymerEvery Sunday, 10 am – 3 pm, June 2 – October 29
212 Old Chelsea Rd, ChelseaEvery Thursday, 4 pm – 7 pm, May 30 – October 10
330 Notre-Dame Rd, GatineauEvery day starting May 8, 8 am – 8 pm
Parc Du Portage, Gatineau (corner of Laurier and Victoria Streets)Every Thursday, 9:30 am – 2:30 am, May 30 – October 10

8. June 15 – August 31 | Garden Promenade Tours

Discover the dozens of gardens in the region along the Garden Promenade! Whether you wish to do it alone or hire a pro to show you the way, the Garden Promenade offers a broad range of options. Walk in downtown Ottawa and discover some of the 75+ garden attractions, combine a bike and culinary tour and travel along scenic bicycle paths, hop on and hop off Ottawa’s double decker buses for a multilingual guided tour while visiting the city’s famous attractions at your own pace, or drive it on your own. Enjoy the blooming flowers in the city the way you want too! For more information, click here

When: Every Saturday, from June 15 to August 31. 

9. June 15 – 23 | Garden Days

Gardens Ottawa invites you to a celebration event for the role gardens play in our lives and highlight the importance of public and private gardens. Plan a garden party at your garden, garden centre, school, community facility, garden club, or business within this nine-day period and let Ottawa know about it by adding your event here. What you do is entirely up to you, the intent is to celebrate gardens and gardening while contributing to Ottawa’s garden experiences. 

10. June 15 | Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk

Join Amber for a walk as you get introduced to common early summer wild edible and medicinal plants of Eastern Ontario. These may include red raspberry leaf, lemon balm, comfrey, and milkweed. You will have a chance to learn about plant identification, edible, medicinal, or other traditional uses of plants; harvesting, processing, and storage practices, and more! 

WHEN: June 15, 1 pm – 3 pm
WHERE: 2389 Pepin Court, Ottawa
Click here to register.

11. Show Solidarity for Women Farmers

Did you know the majority of smallholder rural farmers all over the world are women? The reality is that they face multiple barriers in accessing land, credit, and agency due to systemic challenges related to gender inequality. USC Canada wants to change this on June 3, when the global conference on gender equality begins in Vancouver. Write to you MP before then to ask that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau devote 10% of Canada’s international aid budget to women farmers. Help bring this issue to the table!

12. Have Gardening Questions?

As you start the growing season, do you want some advice or have questions about gardening? The Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton are a group of experienced gardeners with horticulture backgrounds that volunteer their time to help answer the public’s questions. They provide free, unbiased advice to home gardeners while encouraging good growing practices. Contact them by phone or email, listed here, or find them at clinics at local markets and fairs. 

Are you interested in having a gardening workshop with your community? Email communitygardening@justfood.ca for more information.

May 29 | Introduction to Beekeeping

Learn the basics of what you need to know for keeping bees in Ottawa with Just Food and Ron St. Louis from Capital Bees. This includes gaining a better understanding of the policy environment and what changes are afoot, how to get started and next steps for learning!

$15 cash at the door / pay-what-you-can
May 29, 7:00 – 9:00
2391 Pepin Court

Register today | RSVP communitygardening@justfood.ca

Cultivating Social Change: Social Innovation in Food System Transformation

The School of Social Innovation is excited to launch the 2019 edition of the Social Innovation Summer School! This year’s focus is on food system transformation – how are groups and communities using the lens of the food system to unpack pressing social challenges and imagine our world differently through food? Join us May 13-18 for 6 packed days of discussion, guest speakers and field trips! 

Food has long been a tool and site of societal transformation. Over the past 30 years, individuals and groups have sought increasingly innovative ways to address the social, environmental and economic challenges facing our food system, while also imagining and articulating the possibility for a new kind of food system. From food co-operatives and community gardens to peasant and farmworker movements, food centres, gleaning projects and food policy councils there is a wide diversity of approaches, visions and manifestations of food system transformation.  Using the lens of the food system, we will explore various pathways and orientations to social change and social innovation, as well as specific projects, collaborations and organizations seeking to “do food differently” in the Ottawa region.

This is a week-long intensive course, cross-listed as both undergraduate and graduate. It can also be taken without credit for those interested in auditing or continuing education. 

Full program: http://innovationsocialeusp.ca/en/evenement/summer-school-2019-cultivating-social-change-social-innovation-in-food-system-transformation

To register: https://ustpaul.ca/form-summer-school-in-social-innovation.php

Can’t commit to the full week? Two of the evening lectures are open to the public: 

For more information, email Professor Amanda Wilson awilson@ustpaul.ca